Tuesday 4 October 2016

The Palette Power Players


I never used to go wild for makeup palettes. For me, they were more style over substance - containing just one or two colours that were actually wearable. However over the past few years beauty brands have been creating the kind of palettes that have me hitting pan on every shade. And, over the last few months, I've discovered a few palettes I've become obsessed with...

First up is the Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette (£43.00 urbandecay.co.uk / $56.00 ULTA). Designed to celebrate the brand's 20th anniversary, this palette features 20 shades to represent 20 years. Colours include some old Urban Decay gems (Acid Rain, Gash and UV-B), cult classics (Smog, Midnight Cowboy and Oil Slick) and even some never-before-seen shades. Every one of the shades has been created using Urban Decay's new Pigment Infusion System, a shadow formulation that delivers velvety texture, intense pigmentation, long wear and blend-ability. No one does eyeshadow palettes quite like Urban Decay (let's not get started on Naked...) and this one is no exception.

Another recent favourite is the Tarte Full Face of Gorgeous Eye & Cheek Palette (£29.50 qvcuk.com / $44.00 qvc.com). This QVC exclusive contains eight eyeshadows and two blushers and every shade is neutral, looking gorgeous on all skintones. They are also beautifully textured, highly pigmented and long lasting. This pretty palette comes packaged to perfection and includes Tarte's much-loved bamboo shadow brush, which is a big bonus in my book!


I've also been loving the new Illamasqua Demise Palette (£34.00 illamasqua.co.uk / $45.00 illamasqua.com) from the brand's new Extinct collection. Demise is a quad palette that's perfect for creating a smoldering autumnal smoky eye. Not only does this palette include three of the most gorgeous colours, it also features 'Gimp' a cult black blue shade the brand has brought back after heavy demands from fans! Other shades include Wilt - a red gold cream shadow, Lost - a white gold powder shadow and Interitus - a rich burgundy powder shadow.


If you're looking for an eyeshadow palette that's a little more affordable this autumn, I would recommend the Sainsbury's Boutique Smokey Eye Quad (£8.00 Sainsbury's). Each of the four shades are well pigmented and blend like a dream. Amazing for just £8.00, right?!


Now the next palette isn't really a palette in the traditional sense, however it's so fucking good that it needs to be included. It is the YSL Couture Brow Palette (£35.00 feelunique.com / $55.00 yslbeautyus.com) and it will keep every girl's brow game strong. It is an all-in-one eyebrow kit that includes three powder shades, an angled brush and some adorable mini tweezers. Powder eyebrow products have never really interested me as I've always been a pencil and pomade fan, however this palette has blessed my brows with such natural-looking thickness and structure that - fuck it - I'm a convert.


My final favourite is the ZOEVA Pink Spectrum Blush Palette (£15.00 beautybay.com / $18.80 zoeva-shop.de) because you can never forget about the cheeks. Since I first started experimenting with makeup I've obsessed over pink blushers. Regardless of the shade, pink blusher always looks pretty and delicate on all skintones, so it's no surprise I fell in love with ZOEVA's Pink Spectrum Blush Palette. Every shade is beyond gorgeous and the price is even more appealing.

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